What I would say to my 13 year old self

Show-up, speak-out, be seen, and go forth

YOU are enough as YOU are

Create a narrative with you as the HERO

Sit in your feelings and emotions, be still, pay attention, and be ok with where you are at and how you are feeling

It is ok to not be ok

Do not speak to please, do not do as you should

Speak as you feel, and do as you please

Be silent if you can not speak your truth

Stand firm 

Do not be afraid to ask for help, to look for a hand to hold, and feel alone

If you look up, you will see that you are not

Be the one to smile, and say hello, more often than not, you will be pleasantly surprised by the reciprocity of kindness shared

Vulnerability is courage 

Presenting and pretending are not

It is easier to show-up wearing armor than not

Let yourself be seen, heard, and validated for who you are

You are not alone

You are enough

~DCC 1/1/2021